Malta to welcome back vaccinated British tourists from June 1
If Britons can show proof of full vaccination, they will be able to travel to Malta in June. Full vaccination means receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
British tourists will be allowed to travel to Malta from June 1 if they can prove that they have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine at least 10 days before arriving in the country.
Passengers will no longer have to provide a negative PCR test certificate 72 prior to travelling to Malta, or on arrival to the country.
All they will need to do to board a flight to Malta is show their vaccination card, proving that they have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Currently, the UK is on Malta’s red list of countries, which means that non-vaccinated British travellers cannot yet enter the country.
Malta is second only to the UK in terms of European countries’ vaccine rollout, with 40 percent of the adult population having received a first dose.
Tolene Van Der Merwe, Director UK & Ireland of Malta Tourism Authority, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and is a key contributor to Malta’s economy, so we are excited to welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom from 1 June 2021.
“The people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.
“Malta has implemented its Sunny and Safe COVID protocols, so visitors can be reassured that all restaurants, accommodation and service providers must comply with the highest levels of cleanliness and safety.”
Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection also commented on the news.
He said: “The health and safety of Maltese citizens and tourists will always be our top priority, and with the continued rollout of the vaccine here in Malta, this focused reopening plan is designed to slowly and safely reopen tourism to fully vaccinated Britons.”
Malta’s Sunny and Safe COVID protocols that the country’s tourism authority has put together features guidance on how to keep both locals and tourists safe when Malta’s borders re-open.
These include maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering where required.
Public transport in Malta and Gozo, another island in the Maltese archipelago, is currently operating normally.
Clear guidelines and practices are in place that ensure frequent aeriation and total disinfection of buses and coaches, while taxis are sanitised after every trip and rental vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after being returned by clients.
There will also be increased levels of hygiene in all Maltese accommodation establishments, with hotels, restaurants, and shops investing in more contactless payment readers, hand sanitiser dispensers, and plastic screens or dividers.
Additionally, the Malta tourism authority will soon be launching its new Feel Free Again campaign, which aims to inspire travellers to harness their re-established freedom to plan and book holidays to Malta when the time is right.
In other travel news, UK airlines have told the Government that vaccinated Britons should be allowed to travel abroad without any restrictions from May 17 under a traffic light system for summer holiday flights.
Multiple British airline firms believe that only travellers returning from the highest risk red tier countries should have to quarantine, while people travelling to and from green tier countries should not have to quarantine or take coronavirus tests.
The airlines, which include British Airways, Virgin, EasyJet, and Ryanair, said: “A general principle, subject to the need to address specific risks, should be that vaccinated passengers should not be subject to travel restrictions and only high-risk countries would continue to be subject to robust measures.”
A middle-ranking amber tier would see travellers undergoing lateral flow tests either before boarding a flight or on arrival in a country, but no quarantine.